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Paid in pennies: Employer gives 91,500 oil-covered pennies for worker’s last pay

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Following the incident, AOK Walker Luxury Autoworks paid the former employee’s final wages of $915 by delivering about 91,500 oil-covered pennies and a pay stub marked with an expletive to the worker’s home. 

Andreas Flaten filed the complaint with state labor regulators back in 2021.

‘Clear message to employers’ about unfair wage practices

The employer also published defamatory statements about the former employee on the company’s website, according to the DOL division.

“The court has sent a clear message to employers such as Miles Walker who subject employees to unfair wage practices and outright intimidation and retaliation. By law, worker engagement with the U.S. Department of Labor is a protected activity. Workers should not fear harassment or intimidation in the workplace,” said Tremelle Howard, DOL regional solicitor in Atlanta. 

“Employers who mistakenly believe they can willfully violate labor laws at the expense of employees and competitors must understand that we will do everything within our rights to bring them to justice.”

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